Understanding the Dynamics of Intergroup Relations from the Perspectives of Western Immigrants Living in Korea

Junhyoung Kim, Andrea Jasper, Jaehyun Kim, Se Hyuk Park

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Abstract

The literature on intergroup contact has mainly focused on how the majority group members reduce negative stereotypes and prejudice toward minority groups, also exploring the dynamics of intergroup contact in Western countries. The purpose of this study is to explore the dynamics of intergroup contact and interactions from the perspective of Western immigrants, and to understand how they interact with host individuals in South Korea. Using a constructivist grounded theory, three themes were identified associated with intergroup contact: (a) experiencing cultural growth and cultural conflicts, (b) reducing ethnocentric behaviors, and (c) experiencing cultural distance and boundaries. This study suggests that participants experienced the dynamics of intergroup contact with the host individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-432
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Constructivist Psychology
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Cultural growth
  • Western immigrants
  • constructivist grounded theory
  • intergroup contact

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